Friday's (March 28) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Buffalo Raceway and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Lutetium wires field in Buffalo Raceway Open Trot
Hamburg, NY --- The most work driver Kevin Cummings had to do in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (March 28) was get Lutetium off to a safe start.
|Steve Roth photo|
|Lutetium didn't look back in Buffalo Raceway's Open Trot.|
Lutetium ($4.50) zoomed to the lead as the starting gate swung open with no issues and never looked back from there, posting a 2-3/4 length victory over Studio City in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track.
Earlier this season, Lutetium had problems at the start, breaking in two consecutive races. But trainer Mark Laidlaw ironed out the miscues and Lutetium has been untouchable since. He won the Open II Trot in front-running style last week by two lengths.
Setting fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.3 en route to a 1:59.4 mile, Lutetium had no serious threats in scoring his second win of the season. Studio City (Aaron Byron) sat in the garden spot the entire race but had no answers while Armed Dangerously (Ray Fisher, Jr.) took the show spot.
A 7-year-old gelding, Lutetium is owned by Colleen Girdlestone. He has now earned $13,335 this season and $199,141 lifetime.
The racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race card slated to begin at 6:40 p.m. The $22,500 final of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series will be held along with the $10,000 consolation race. Also on tap is the $10,500 Open Pace.
For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.
-- Brian J. Mazurek
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Justa Rebel (Valley Victor) pulled off a rarely seen move in Friday’s feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Stephen Reid-trainee went last to first to win the evening’s $17,000 Open Trot. Justa Rebel finished third from post eight in his previous start and didn’t have much post relief on Friday, starting from the seven hole. Driver Jim Devaux sat patiently with the 9-5 favorite before moving out of last after the start of the second lap. It took a four-wide move in the backstretch to get Justa Rebel ahead of all of his rivals but he wound up drawing away in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:58.2 over a tracked labeled “good.” Slugfest (Jay Randall) closed up the inside to finish second while Victom As (Harry Landy) earned the show spot.